11 “One-Spoonful” Hacks to Lose Weight

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If you’re looking to lose weight fast, don’t turn to diet pills or dangerous drugs. These one spoonful hacks will help curb your appetite and provide your body with nutrients and healthy substances it needs to get back on track and shed the pounds.

Use these one spoonful hacks to lose weight and keep it off for good…

1. A Spoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar for Blood Sugar Support

apple cider vinegar for weight lossApple cider vinegar has a number of uses around the home as well as externally and internally for the body. When you add a teaspoonful to a 12 ounce glass of water you’ll be adding in nutrients that you just wouldn’t get from water alone, and hydrate yourself at the same time. You’ll also be helping to keep your blood sugar levels stable.

The best apple cider vinegar is organic and unfiltered, and contains “mother of vinegar”. One brand that is highly recommended and easily found locally or online is Braggs.

Why It Works: Monitoring your blood sugar, or at least keeping it in mind when you’re crafting and timing your meals, is a good way to avoid spikes that can lead to weight gain. Research into how ACV helps your blood sugar is very promising, and worth making it a part of your daily weight loss routine.

2. A Spoonful of Raw Organic Honey for Digestive Enzymes

There are enzymes and antioxidants in unprocessed honey that are beneficial to the body, but sadly aren’t found in the majority of honey found nationwide. The amount of enzymes in honey that hasn’t been processed is amazing, thousands of different enzymes designed to help the digestive system.

raw honey

Processed honey, the most commonly found honey, has these enzymes stripped away, and therefore doesn’t provide the same benefit. Be sure the container lists both organic and raw on the label. Although there’s no such thing as organic bees, the fields surrounding the honey production facility will be certified organic.

Why It Works: Keeping your digestive system happy is a major component for losing weight. The digestive enzymes and antioxidants in raw organic honey support the digestive system and the body as a whole, helping you slim down without exerting much effort.

3. A Spoonful of Coconut Oil to Suppress Your Appetite

Coconut oil has several benefits, and when you’re looking to lose weight the most important of these is its ability to help with weight loss. When comparing oils it’s easy to see that coconut oil has more saturated fat than some of the most commonly used oils, but it also contains healthy fats, and the saturated fat it contains is not the same sort of saturated fat found in a cheeseburger.

You can use it in your cooking, or you can take a spoonful directly if you’re looking to hold yourself over between meals. It has a delicious buttery flavor that will make you feel like you’re not even on a weight loss program.

Why It Works: Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that not only help you feel full when you eat it, but go to work increasing your metabolism so that you’ll naturally burn fat.

4. A Spoonful of Ginger to Aid in Fat Loss

Ginger is a spice that will help you get rid of fat specifically, not just overall body weight. This is important when trying to hack your weight loss because you want to make sure that it’s fat you’re losing and not simply water weight or muscle mass.

You don’t have to stuff a spoonful of ginger powder or minced ginger in your mouth to get the benefit. Add a teaspoon or a tablespoon to a dish that you’re making and you’ll get the positive effects it entails. It can help spice up a soup or chili, and can even give a smoothie a punch.

Why It Works: Ginger works on the body in two ways, it helps to improve your digestion, which alone will help you lose weight if you’ve struggled with a sluggish digestion. It also acts as a metabolism booster, which means you’ll be burning more calories per hour than before, leading to effortless weight loss.

5. A Spoonful of Thyme for Antioxidants and Vitamins

thyme weight loss hackIf it doesn’t taste good, the chances of you taking a spoonful of anything are rather low. In this case, thyme is a seasoning that you can use in your cooking or make into a tea for added weight loss benefits.

Thyme will add plenty of flavor to chicken breast, as well as lean turkey breast. Sprucing up these lean proteins is important, because they’ll help you lose weight as well, and when you combine them with a tasty herb you’ll find it pleasurable eat them, rather than a chore.

Why It Works: Thyme isn’t just a tasty herb, it’s loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that will help keep the cells of the body protected and able to cope with the stress that comes with losing weight. It’s also a diuretic, which can help release store up water weight and toxins.

6. A Spoonful of Turmeric for Antioxidants

spoonful of turmericTurmeric is a spice that is often used in Indian cuisine, but hasn’t gotten much traction in other types of food. It’s easily recognizable by its bright orange-yellow color, and adds its distinct flavor to a meal. It also adds plenty of antioxidants and helps you burn fat.

You can use it as part of your cooking, make it into a tea by adding hot water and stirring until it’s dissolved. But perhaps the easiest way to eat more turmeric is to add it to lean meats, from lean beef to chicken breast. It has the ability not only to give the dish an amazing color, but also a delicious flavor that plays nice with other spices.

Why It Works: Turmeric is one of the lesser-known spices that is effective for weight loss. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, so it will help you ache less and give you more get-up-and-go that results in quick weight loss when combined with a healthy diet.

7. A Spoonful of Flaxseed for Omega-3s

Flax will not only help keep you satiated until your next meal, it contains antioxidants and fiber that make it more likely that your weight loss strategy will pay dividends.

Adding ground flax to your diet is as easy as using a spoon. It sprinkles over the top of a salad, and can quickly be added to a soup or smoothie to boost its nutrition without changing the taste much.

Why It Works: Getting enough of both types of omega-3s is important if you want your body to be able to do its job the way it is designed to. Many times weight gain occurs from a nutrient deficiency, so making up for that shortage is priority one. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes when you start getting all of what you need.

8. A Spoonful of Cinnamon for Essential Minerals and Fiber

Cinnamon is not just a tasty spice that makes desserts taste nice, it’s a tool you can use as part of a comprehensive approach to weight loss. When used at the right time, and in the right way, cinnamon can be a powerful ally that will spur on results.


One popular mix for weight loss is cinnamon and honey. Take a spoonful of each and mix them together in hot water to form a sort of tea. You can drink this anytime of day to help with your weight loss strategy.

Why It Works: Cinnamon contains minerals that your body needs each day, and is a surprising source of fiber. By helping you meet your fiber requirement for the day, a spoonful of cinnamon will help you maintain a healthy weight, or get you to one if you’re not there yet.

9. A Spoonful of Lemon Juice to Support the Immune System

Lemons are often used for their astringent properties in cleaning products, and the same cleaning power can go to work to help your body lose weight, and help you feel good along the way.

Add a spoonful of lemon juice to a glass of hot water first thing in the morning and you’ll be helping your digestion and starting your day off with a blast of Vitamin C. Add lemon to your water throughout the day and you’ll be helping to alkalinize the body which helps with weight loss.

Why It Works: Having a properly functioning immune system is key to losing weight. Not only will you be less likely to come down with a cold that can put your exercising on ice, but Vitamin C can help turn your body into a fat-burning device rather than a fat-storing one.

10. A Spoonful of Dark Cacao Powder for Antioxidants

dark cacao powderYou’ve probably heard of the beneficial effects of dark chocolate, that it’s loaded with antioxidants and doesn’t have the added sugar that’s in milk chocolate. One of the most accessible ways to enjoy dark chocolate is with dark cacao powder.

Add a spoonful of dark chocolate powder into a smoothie and you’ll not only be adding in the key chocolate flavor that will curb cravings, you’ll be boosting your antioxidants for better health and easier pound shedding.

Why It Works: The polyphenols in cacao powder are what makes this work. They have a positive impact on your digestion which leads to a better functioning body, less stored body waste, and a lighter you.

11. A Spoonful of Mashed Avocado for Healthy Fats

When in doubt of what to eat and wondering how to lose weight fast, grab an avocado. There’s really no time of day that isn’t suited for the soft and refreshing taste of avocado, and you can add it to a breakfast smoothie, use it as a snack between meals, on salads, or as a garnish at dinner.

Mashing it up makes it even easier to digest, and a spoonful will give you a jump on the amount of fiber you’ll need to consume each day in order to facilitate weight loss. Always be sure that you’re getting enough fiber, a minimum of 25 grams and up to 35 grams if you can manage it. Start slowly to increase your fiber and you’ll see results via the weight you lose.

Why It Works: Avocados are full of healthy fats which will actually help you to burn fat rather than gain it. They’re also a great source of potassium, an important mineral when trying to lose weight.

Users Comments:

  • Susana

    How can I loose belly fat?

    • sonny

      You can’t target just belly fat. Anytime you hear that it is a lie. Belly fat is lost like all other fat correct eating and the right exercise, it just happens to be that belly fat is usually the last place to lose it

      • Hellthee1

        Saying foods can target certain areas of the body to lose fat, is as true as the targeted painkillers that have almost been faded out after a huge court battle. These so called fat targeting foods, would have to be part of the Nanoparticle Technology of Science and Medication, and I guarantee you it hasnt reached there as yet. It may in the future, but not yet. So, any food that anyone claims to target a certain area, has been mislead. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC419715/

    • Diana

      Look up and check out MUFA for belly fat, certain good fats for example- avocados target that area.

    • Jeff

      Sonny is right – you can’t target a specific area of the body to lose fat. Fat doesn’t work like that.

      The only way to lose belly fat is to simply LOSE FAT. You do that by diet and exercise combined. Your weight may not decrease rapidly because you’re gaining muscle – but the inches will go down pretty quick.

    • N.D.

      Susana, cut down dramatically on your sugar intake. Look at the nutrition label on packaged foods including tinned foods, plus your breads and yohurts etc and choose the ones lowest in sugar. I know it is often a balancing act between low fat or low sugar as manufacters will bulk up food with one or the other but it gets easier with practice or look for a fresh alternative. ie can you swap out tinned tomatoes for fresh tomatoes etc and it tastes so much better, if your budget allows go back to cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients and illiminate as far as possibe any processed foods or packaged foods. Excess sugars in your diet get converted to fat and end up on your belly. Belly fat is a precursor to diabetes and heart disease, two of the biggest curses to modern western health.

      Cuttting sugars (to less than 6 added teaspoonfuls a day – more if you can) has a double affect, not only will you stop acquiring belly fat it helps you to loose excess fluids.

      And as always get some fresh air and exercise a couple of times a week, it doesnt have to be difficult, walking is great for you mind, body spirit incorporate a little walking into your day wherever you can.

      Good luck.

    • Joanna

      This is all a bunch of BS, it does not work i have tried it

  • Katie

    I’d just like point out that people have been harmed trying to take a spoonful of cinnamon, and probably the same goes for any other dry powder. They end up inhaling some of it. Several people have ended up with aspirant pneumonia from the powder getting into their lungs.

    • Bembu

      Yes, thanks for pointing that out! You should never just take a spoonful of cinnamon directly. One of the best combinations is to mix one teaspoon honey with one teaspoon cinnamon in a cup of tea.

      • Kathy

        Or, just get cinnamon capsules from the drug store or healthfood store. taken with food, they lower blood sugar and the caps are perfect. I use 2000 mgs – but take with food cinnamon burps are nasty.

    • Fran

      you are never to take cinnamon by the spoonful please think this through, dissolve it in some hot water and drink

    • T

      There not saying swallow a spoonful of cinnamon . There saying dissolve it in water?!

    • Erin

      I also would like to point out how dangerous cassia cinnamon is. The grocery store cinnamon and capsule you can buy are cassia cinnamon and should not be regularly ingested. Ceylon cinnamon is what this article should say.

    • Eric

      well the ads that i read says to mix the dry ingredients to a glass of warm water i haven’t read anywhere to just take it plain…. but good that you explained because some people would do just that….

  • Rose

    I am way over weight and I’m going to try. Been looking at your web site.I’m going to try will post to let you know how I due

  • Karla

    These are natural foods and great tips. As far as the dry powders adding some water should work. Although I drink a protein shake after my workout I find myself hungry afterwards so I will definitely try it.

  • M

    Can I mix all 11 of these ingredients together for results?

    • Diana

      I do, first drink every morning on a empty stomach and it works better.

      • Rose

        Why doesn’t the cinnamon dissolve? Is my water not hot enough?

        Thank you!

        • Gina

          No Cinnamon is going to dissolve no matter how hot your water is..however, make sure you are using Ceylon Cinnamon.. it is the only True Cinnamon out there that does not negatively affect the liver… the other cinnamon’s do. They also become like a gel at the bottom of your cup.. whereas Ceylon Cinnamon stays in the granule form… which you can ingest at the end if you do not drink it down.

    • Shelly

      I will try some of these recipes as I never thought of having spices in water

  • LeKré

    How does this work? Is it a diet? How long do you have to do this? How many pounds can you lose and how long does it take to see results? I want details. Lol.

  • Ckitson

    I mix a tsp of cinnamon with a tablespoon of raw honey and have my kids suck it off of a little spoon whenever they get a cough, and it helps tremendously.

  • Jess

    Is this 11 spoonfuls A DAY? EVERYDAY?

  • April G

    I found a great recipe that includes 4 of the foods on your list. Its a little like honey-butter but in our house we call it the “Superfood Spread”.
    Take equal parts organic Coconut Oil and raw organic unprocessed honey and add cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground ginger. I’m sure you could add dark cacao powder as well. Whisk until well-combined and use as a spread on toast, a dip for fruit, etc. If it gets warm it may separate, just whisk again. All the ingredients are shelf-stable so I’m sure that if you made up a couple batches you could vacuum-can it (to remove the oxygen) and put it up for long-term storage.

  • Jennifer

    I have been taking flaxseed every morning to start my day off and have noticed a difference, but I also take Chia seeds. Do chia seeds have any benefits as well or am I just wasting my time taking it? I also didnt know ginger did so much so I will try it.

  • Joanne curry

    Can I combine all the ingredients together

  • kat

    You can find cinnamon and turmeric in capsule form also. I believe ginger is there too. A fantastic way to take apple cider vinegar, at least for me, is to add lemon juice and honey to it (closer to 8oz water) and stir with a cinnamon stick.

    • Sheryl

      Taking the capsule form has little binifit. By the time you digest the capsule to get the actual product it’s moved on and obsorption is lost. Best way is the raw natural form. Also black pepper makes turmeric absoebes by the body 2000x. Love the apple cyder vinegar mixture.

  • michele

    So do you do all 10 everyday or which ones do you recommend daily for a 49 year olds weight loss.

  • Rebeca Alaniz

    Question is when is the best time to take these in the am or pm and if so a.l together or certain ones?

  • jodi

    You can put any powder in food. Taking it raw not a good idea.

  • Glynishall

    They sell cinnamon capsules at walgreens , and walmart . Several health food stores have them also. Straight cinnamon in a capsule.

  • pami

    I have had tumeric tea with cinamon and gloves and ginger andhad no ill effects from it. They are all vderuy good for you. My blood pressure is down and my weight is down. You dont inhale it.

  • ty

    try teaspoon each of honey and cinnamon and into the lemon juice in hot water. I always use this when feeling like I’m coming down with something or have a sore throat.

  • RegisteredNurse

    Be very careful ingesting cinnamon by the spoonful. It is a powerful systemic irritant and you can make yourself very sick doing that. A dangerous fad…

  • KetoDieter

    I agree with RegisteredNurse. Be very careful how much regular “(Cassia) cinnamon” you take, because too much is toxic, containing coumarin which causes liver damage in high doses. The best and safest cinnamon to take is “True (Ceylon) Cinnamon”.

  • rizwan

    dear sir please send pdf for all healthy food

  • rizwan

    how to good by diabetic any medical treatment or healthy food

  • kiki

    Some of these comments are hilarious. Guys just work these into you’re everyday cooking. Look online for how.

    Just use you’re lil brains. You can scramble your eggs with coconut oil and season them with tyme, turmeric, salt (I only use pink), ground black pepper and parsley flakes. Voilà some tasty eggs!

    You can put ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and honey in your oatmeal.

  • Ben Menton

    Some very good stuff in this article. Good job!

  • Toni

    thanks for all the comments. I, too, noticed the author didn’t respond. So I’m glad others chimed right in. Some of us are very new to this stuff so please be patient with our ignorance, that’s why I’m here, to learn something from those that have experience. I as grateful I stumbled upon this info and see that it doesn’t have to be as complicated as I’ve thought. Any comments for uses causing a blood pressure lowering effect?

    • Ruth

      Any of the above foods is not SUPPOSED to get your BP high. If taken in moderation on a regular basis it should actually work on your over all health betterment.

      P.S: Remember to eat healthy regular foods together with these if you want an honest improvement 🙂

  • Mickey A.

    All of these are good for the health and can also help you lose some weight. Imagine how wonderful nature is? Just a spoon full of turmeric, coconut oil, flax seed and others can help you lose weight. that was really awesome. thanks for posting this.

  • Crystal

    I don’t know if this will help anyone, but when I was pregnant with my last child I was nauseated all the time, and I started putting a couple shakes of powdered ginger directly into my water. I got addicted to it lol. It doesn’t float like cinnamon does, and it flavors the water nicely. Quick and Easy.

  • cindy

    I put a spoon full of cinnamon and a spoon full of ginger in my slim fast shakes.

  • Rutha

    I begun my process of losing weight fast with this helpfull way –> fb.me/7CerqGm84 <–
    By the end of the first week I had lost near 11 lbs of pure body fat.
    In fact, I barely noticed that I was even on a diet!
    My stomach was slimmer, my butt was firmer, and I could actually fit comfortably into a nice pair of jeans!
    This metod is easy as you imagine, I belive in your success!

  • Edna C. Hillis

    To any one that wants to lose weaght dont forget to buy a parasite cleance. You can buy one at amazon tor 9 dllrs and it’s got the sme ingridients. Then take turmuric curcumin and ginger it worked for me really fast within 2 weeks I went to size 8 witch is 12 miss always take a cleance before taking any other regimen. For weaght loss. Ggd bless and good luck on your weaght,loss journey.

  • Chantel

    Honey can be used with most of these spices and herbs. I always have shelves full of mason jars with all sort of concoctions. I even have a big jar with honey, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, lemon juice and a sprig of thyme. It doesn’t taste fabulous, but tastes much better than most cold meds. As for the other items, I would just sprinkle flax over my oatmeal, maybe infuse the vinegar with the thyme and add it to my lunchtime salad along with the avocado. Infusing probably won’t be as potent as taking it straight, but might make it easier to commit to.

  • Tina

    When mixing honey and cinnamon in water are you suppose to boil your water and pour over the tsp of cinnamon and let cool and then add 2 tsp of honey and drink half 45 minutes after dinner and refrigerate the other half and drink in the morning on a empty stomach. My question is are you not to have anything to drink at night after you drink the mixture and in morning how long after you drink the mixture do you drink and eat?

  • Ashton

    In order to lose weight and burn fat, you will need 2 things: a healthy eating plan and some kind of activity that you enjoy. Although each of them are equally important, the bulk of your time should be devoted to a balanced diet. This means as much as 80% of your diet planning has to be on nutrition.
    Eating a healthy blend of foods with proteins, carbs and fats will help the body to process the intake much better and stoke the fat burning processes that are inside of everybody. Protein is especially good for building the kind of lean muscle tissue that burns excess calories and targets fat cells.
    You will also need an activity to accentuate the diet plan. It can be anything that will be done on a regular basis. Some of the most popular types are walking, swimming, biking, yoga or resistance training. Any of them will do and can complement the diet plan. Shoot for 1 pound per week maximum and this weight loss will be permanent.

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  • Ladyprince

    Where do u get Ceylon cinnamon this is new to me i never knew there was a different kinds

  • T

    Blending coconut oil in your coffee
    Is a great treat. No sugar or cream needed. I looks and tastes like a warm frapp.

  • Bob

    i think its impossible to swallow a spoonful of dry cinnamon. it makes you vomit.

  • Nerida

    Really people ask the dumbest questions

    “You can use it in your cooking,” I think says it all, for crying out loud.

    Are you really going to try and dump all that in a glass of water and drink it? Good luck
    with that, especially seeing as water and oil dont mix to begin with.

    Turn it on folks.

  • Varun Arora

    Eating a healthy blend of foods with proteins, carbs and fats will help the body to process the intake much better and stoke the fat burning processes that are inside of everybody. Protein is especially good for building the kind of lean muscle tissue that burns excess calories and targets fat cells

  • Stacey Loring

    So what you’re saying is , as long as we consume spoonfuls of these ridiculous powders, we will lose weight. What a bunch of BS. How about this. Watch what you’re eating. Not everything works for everyone. We’re all built differently. What works for me may not work for most of the population. I’ve taken off 50lbs and kept it off for years. I didn’t do it with exercise, diet or this nonsense you’re talking about. I did by changing a few simple things that anyone can do and everyone will succeed. I wrote about these diet hacks that work on my blog. I’m so tired of people trying to peddle their BS. How about sharing tips that will work for everyone.

  • ansul singh

    Great article. Surprisingly I do all 11 hacks.
    I eat extreme clean and this is my daily routine.
    Workout is always good but this will certanly help in losing weight that’s why its called hacks.
    Some one said here BS about all these hacks. I bet he knows nothing about nurition.

  • Laurie Ann

    All good detail, thanks. I’ve got 20 lbs to lose, so I’m just looking for some added kick to keep me motivated. Eat well, eat timely, and expercise off any excess… I’ll get there exploring these tips. MUCH appreciated. -LA.

  • Cari

    My parents were hippies, so when I was growing up (I was born in 1977), we always had a glass of water with a Tablespoon of fresh, raw honey (with the honeycomb in the Mason jar), a half a Tablespoon of lemon juice, and 4 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Sometimes it was raw, sometimes not, but it worked the same. We all HATED the taste, but…it worked on SO MANY LEVELS!!!! My parents have been doing these herbal remedies and health doses since before they were published because…well…they were guinea pigs for their friend who was going into biological pharmacy or as we know it today, holistic medicine. So, as someone who for 30 years (I stopped and am now sick, so now I am going back to the tried and true) lived off of God’s medicine, I am telling you guys IT WORKS!!!!! No matter how you mix it, what time of day, just a Tablespoon of whatever and be sure to mix it with honey, water, or milk. Thank you for reading this and taking the time. I wish you all good health and happiness! May God bless you and keep you!

  • Gina K

    Is lime juice as effective as lemon juice? Can it substitute the lemon juice?

  • maria

    I wish I had known this decades ago..but better late than Never ???????? thanks ..

  • neha diya

    eating zaatar will help loose weight?

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